Sure would like to learn to switch cast some day. That looks like fun. Folks in my club look at me like I am smoking crack or something when I mention breaking the norm around here. Even thinking about soft hackles keeps me in the back row for now. But that is where I found my mentor, and he is spoken of as the best in the club. Rod making, casting, guiding, and teaching. But he is somewhat grumpy with the club and their direction, so he is in the back row with me. Problem is he expects his students to put in at least what he puts in to the training. He keeps me burried in books.
I do cast all kinds of rods and probably will keep doing so as I am a student of the sport. I want to learn it all and be able to try everything out there. Probably be a long time before I try things like bone fishing but it's out there maybe someday. Keeps me focused.
Got to cast a Leonard fiberglass rod the other day. Along with an 8 wt salt water bamboo. Was shocked when I saw leonards name on the rod, But Steve explained that they were there at the end of their buisiness. I think that one of the best things about bamboo is being able to taper your rod to your exact liking. Something that since I started really getting into bamboo has jumped all around. Think it will be taking many years, or a lifetime for me to find the perfect rod, but thats why I want to do it. Not sure if any of the big names like Marinaro, Leonard, Catanch, and such ever found their perfect rod. Payne has a perfection, but did it hit the spot he was looking for.